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    Posted: April 20 2013 at 10:41
I was at the TAAB2 tour too, and his voice was quite weak actually, he couldn't sing almost any high pitched note, but he's still a great flute player and entertainer...
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Originally posted by icmrocha

I've always thought that Ian's voice, from 87 until recently, suffered, more because of his breathing than his actual singing (not sure if I made myself clear here...)

Listen to Locomotive Breath Live, for instance (on recent tours); It looks like he's having troubles catching his breath..
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Breath management is pretty fundamental to singing and a singer would generally regard singing as an extension of proper breathing.   I would have to listen to that to understand his exact problems but if a singer's voice is not co-operating, he might try to power through his attack.  That only adds to the strain and consumes a lot of breath, leading to panting or inability to hold back breath to complete the vocal phrase. 

EDIT:  I just found a clip from 2007 and yes he sounds like he's breathing too heavily to sing but that effect comes from a weakened voice.  The singer tries to push it harder to get a powerful tone and sounds strained in the process. If Ian Anderson had general breathing problems, he would struggle to play the flute.  Instead, he actually plays the flute better here than in some 70s performances I have come across. 


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Originally posted by Metalmarsh89

A good diet and healthy living habits really help keep a singing voice intact for many, many years. Some people are blessed with an amazing voice that not only sounds amazing, but continues to do so for decades. Unfortunately, not all singers are this lucky, so if they pursue the life of heavy drinking and/or smoking, there are great risks down the road. I remember reading an article/interview with James LaBrie of Dream Theater on this topic, and him explaining what he does to keep his voice in top shape.As for what is going on with Ian Anderson's voice, I haven't a clue. I haven't listened to anything he's sung after the early 90's studio stuff. If he is/was a heavy chain smoker as some have stated here, than I don't find it at all surprising that lifestyle has come back to bite him.



James LaBrie is a huge model of consistancy for my ears. I hear he drinks alkaline solutions to sooth his throat! Pretty interesting. He is one of my gods for sure. Really like Ray Alder as well. His voice has really matured nicely over the years. :)
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 I think part of the problem is he doesn't have enough WIND from smoking.
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